Becoming a professional genealogist is rarely accomplished in a straight line, and unlike many other fields, there is no single accrediting authority that determines whether researchers can call themselves professionals. In this blog post, researcher Christy Fillerup discusses some options for genealogists to gain credentials and professional standing.At Legacy Tree Genealogists, our core team members have at least one of the following: a genealogy degree or genetics-based degree, a professional accreditation, or a minimum of ten years of professional-level research experience.Some genealogists acquire their professional status through many years of experience and self-education. There are also several higher education genealogical education opportunities, although few are full degree-granting programs.Professional standing is often determined by a researcher’s body of work as reviewed by one of two accrediting organizations: the Board for Certification of Genealogists and …Read more
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Whether your ancestors lived along the U.S./Mexican border or the southernmost tip of Argentina, all Latin American genealogical research is heavily dependent on two main record sets—Catholic Church records and civil registration records. Grasping at least a basic understanding of these record types—including their history, the information provided in them, and where to find them—is imperative to discovering your Latin American roots.Catholic Church RecordsAs the Spanish Crown colonized the New World, the Catholic Church became a predominant, reigning figure across Central and South America. Fortunately for genealogical researchers, this control went hand in hand with the responsibility of recording vital events. With availability back to the 17th-century, Catholic Church records are a rich source of genealogical information for those seeking out their Latin American ancestors.The Catholic Church recorded three main record types pertinent to family history research: …Read more
Legacy Tree Genealogists' Sarah Gutmann talks about the soon-to-be-released 1950 United States Federal Census and how it can be used to further genealogical research. She also explains when and how the database will be available online and searchable.Put on your poodle skirt and throw on an episode of I Love Lucy because we will soon be able to look back at the 1950s! On 1 April 2022, the National Archives will release the 1950 Census to the public.As is standard practice, precisely 72 years have passed since the census enumeration. With the help of the post-World War II baby boom, from 1940, the United States population increased by 14.5%. Therefore, the 1950 United States census will display the information of more than 150 million people!A snapshot in timeWhether you are a seasoned genealogist or just starting the rewarding process of learning about your ancestors, census records are an excellent resource. In a sense, they provide a snapshot of your family in time. You …Read more
Jessica’s interest in genealogy began in the early 1990s after speaking with her grandmother about her family history. Like many families, Jessica knew virtually nothing about the relatives who came before her. Growing up in the Deep South during the Great Depression drove her grandparents to withhold many of their own, sometimes painful experiences. Doing so left a huge gap in the knowledge of where her family came from. While understandable, the questions still lingered so Jessica took matters into her own hands and set out to build her family tree over the next 25 years.Jessica graduated college with a degree in Computer Programming but found that she had a knack for working with people rather than numbers. She was employed in sales and retail management for over 20 years before starting her own research company after the birth of her second child.In 2015, Jessica convinced her father to take a DNA test and found they both had trace amounts of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage! This …Read more